Your face, voice and heart are needed! Below you will find some reasons to be considered to become more actively involved in the conversation around the LNG plant on the tideflats. Please share with your network. There is a meeting on Tuesday, the 21st, at City Hall. Meeting starts at 5 pm 747 Market Street, First Floor. Please, please, please start showing up and speaking up! Most people who are opposed wear red, to help City Council see clearly what you are about. But please, just show up even if you don’t / can’t / won’t wear red! Please share within your networks.
Our politicians won’t stand with us if we aren’t showing up in critical mass numbers to question the wisdom of this proposed LNG project on the tideflats. It has been pointed out that the same level of interest in the methanol project is what brought out the influence of our representatives. We need more of your voices to oppose the LNG plant.
Who should be concerned: if you drive I-5 over the Puyallup River; if you enjoy a sunny drive down 509 or 705 in the summer; if you fish or boat the Puyallup River or the Bay; if you enjoy the views from Cliffhouse, The Hub, The Temple Theatre, the Elks Club or any of the new and upcoming breweries in Tacoma.
If you are unaware or “on the fence” about opposing the LNG plant, please consider the following reasons to be opposed: (*not in order of importance)
One – The city and the port are making decisions about the future of our communities without fully engaging the citizens. They have admitted this failure. They are contracting with industries without our awareness or consent. This alone should be a wake-up call for all of us. Our voices deserve to be heard. The system that allows them to make decisions that have an impact on every aspect of our lives, without engaging us, needs to be fixed. Oxychem and Asarco should serve as living proof of what is possible when ‘economic’ decisions are made without proper citizen inputs.
Two – The fracked gas (LNG) project was originally proposed and scoped at a tank size of 1 million gallons. Notification to citizens and other concerned stakeholders was faulty. The project was amended, after the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), to scope an 8-million-gallon tank. Permits have been issued. Department of Ecology and City of Tacoma both strenuously assert that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is not necessary at 8 million gallons. Point of interest – when asked for an SEIS both Department of Ecology and City of Tacoma point to each other as being responsible for issuing the SEIS. Neither will take the lead on this action. Because the citizens weren’t adequately engaged at the first EIS, and since the proposal has changed since first approval, an SEIS makes sense.
Three – The proposed project is improperly sited, to say the least. It is sited on the Blair waterway, right next to the OxyChem Superfund site. The site that is so contaminated that the chemical sludge is eating away at the bedrock and turning it into jelly. The site that, technically, can’t be cleaned up because the pH of the sludge is so high that it destroys machines in the process. (The proposed ‘cleanup’ is really a ‘containment’). The bedrock being turned to jelly is the same bedrock that helps to keep the cliffs above somewhat stable. The same cliffs that abut the Targa Tank farm, which has recently expanded the number of its tanks. Taken together, viewed in whole, this is a disaster of nuclear plant magnitude waiting to happen. An 8 million gallon LNG tank on land that is shifting and sinking, next to a tank farm and below cliffs where landslides are a common occurrence. Now imagine an earthquake…. It won’t just be the NE Tacoma neighborhood that could be decimated.
Four – LNG is not natural. It’s mostly fracked gas. Think Alberta tar sands or Bakken oil fields. Acres and acres of land, decimated and poisoned in order to get some gas out of the ground. Where fracked gas is extracted, communities are dying and living with toxic air, toxic water and no natural resources that they can rely on. While we may not see those impacts directly here, you can bet that it will eventually impact us, because the planet is a whole system.
Fort McMurray before the tar sands project and after
Five – PSE is not a local company. Puget Sound Energy was bought by a holding company out of Australia called the Macquarie Group. The energy needs of our communities are now commodified and mostly unregulated. Thanks to Citizens United, this corporation has more voice in the halls of the Capital than you do, and believe me, they are walking the halls, sitting in offices and taking people to lunch/dinner to keep their advantage. All while you are working your day job, to pay that utility bill, which PSE can raise at any time because they are a corporation and not subject to the same oversight that a public utility would be. http://kuow.org/post/puget-sound-energy-trades-gas-electricity-political-clout They have recently proposed an increase on electricity rates to go into effect sometime this year. PSE is driven by return on investment and goals of quarterly growth, driven by Wall Street. Not committed to public service.
Six – Fracked gas is not an economic boon for our state. Neither Washington State nor City of Tacoma are going to see any significant boost to tax revenues as a result of this project. Our state is in dire need of revenue, in order to be able to fully fund services to the community and to provide proper education in alignment with the State constitution. Those funds are disproportionately coming from us, the citizens, from what we pay in taxes. Industries such as fossil fuel extractors are hawking an economic model that is outdated and disproportionately rewards investors, not the public. The majority of the gas is potentially going to foreign markets. China is shutting down it’s coal plants and switching to natural gas. They have to get it from somewhere.
Seven – Fracked gas is not an environmental boon for our community. It’s true that the fracked gas burns cleaner than bunker fuel. That’s true. The reality is that the process it takes to get the fracked gas out of the ground more than doubles its detrimental impact to our environment. Additionally, the fracked gas will make its way to our state via a pipeline. We are fortunate in this state that we don’t have an abundance of pipelines snaking through our community, but the ones we do have are extremely volatile and prone to leaking and exploding.